Beginning Russian I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: RUS 101

       Course Name: Beginning Russian I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops basic language skills, within the context of Russian culture. Content includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension and oral and written communication. No prior study of the language presumed. Recommended that experienced students discuss proper placement with instructor.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Actively communicate in Russian, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Russian culture through written and aural class work.
  3. Demonstrate spoken Russian in everyday contexts through responding to simple basic questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
  5. Use elements of beginning grammar through short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. Write simple sentences within the context of what has been studied.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Week I Introduction: The Russian Alphabet
Identifying objects with nouns
Reading in Russian: cognates, animal sounds, place names
Identifying objects with pronouns
Reading newspaper advertisements
Week II Introduction: The Russian Alphabet
Introducing yourself
Identifying objects
Responding in the affirmative and negative
Distinguishing between statements and questions in conversation
Reading a map
Week III Introduction: The Russian Alphabet
Asking for information
Negating statements
Unit 1: Formal and informal greetings, introductions
Saying goodbye
Week IV Simple questions: inquiring about objects, people and location Indicating a location
Identifying singular and plural objects
Working with a map
Expressing ownership
Making a phone call
Expressing and accepting an apology
Using a city map
Week V Expressing ownership
Requesting information
Apologizing for a mistake
Basic etiquette
Naming professions/occupations
Requesting, granting and acknowledging permission
Courtesy requirements
Getting people’s attention
Inquiring about and indicating location
Week VI Inquiring about people’s professions and occupations
Describing one’s family
Introducing friends to family
Meeting the family of a friend
Discussing campus life in the US
Week VII Review. Unit Test
Week VIII Unit 2: Describing an apartment
Talking about food
Addressing people with the formal or familiar “you”
Saying goodbye
Expressing location
Describing your daily schedule
Talking about where people live
Using time expressions
Week IX Discussing daily activities
Talking about activities in the past
Expressing ownership
Showing someone around an apartment
Politely requesting information
Asking for directions
Week X Talking about languages people speak and how well they speak them
Discussing dietary habits
Expressing location
Expressing disagreement or disbelief
Indicating interest
Week XI Asking and answering questions that provide a choice of answers
Discussing one’s family and friends
Week XII Review. Unit Test
Week XIII Unit 3: Informal greetings
Using the polite form of address (first name + patronymic)
Discussing clothing
Describing objects and places
Expressing the notion of “the most”
Comparing objects
Identifying others’ national origins
Week XIV Informal conversational skills
Talking about what you want to do
Requesting someone else’s opinion
Stating one’s opinion
Disagreeing with somebody’s opinion
Talking about where people live, vacation, or work
Informal conversation
Talking about when certain events occur
Discussing the weather and seasons
Week XV Expressing reactions (approval, disapproval, surprise, disbelief)
Introducing yourself and others
A new way to say “My name is”
Talking about fashion
Describing people
Reading/writing an article for the student newspaper
Describing fashions and lifestyles on campus
Week XVI Review. Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. In-class work (3 hours per week):  writing of Russian letters, pronunciation of sounds, pronunciation drills, systematic grammar presentation, practice in reading, writing, speaking.
  2. Lab work (2 hours per week):  students listen to and practice with audio and video tapes.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

  • Textbook: Russian Stage One: Live from Moscow Volume I, Dan E. Davidson, Kendall/Hunt, 1997.
  • Workbook: Russian Stage One: Live from Moscow Volume I, Dan E. Davidson, Kendall/Hunt, 1997.
  • Video Tape: Russian Stage One: Live from Moscow Volume I, Kendall/Hunt, 1997.
Audio Tape: Russian Stage One: Live from Moscow Volume I, Introductory Unit - VII.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Homework and lab assignments.
  2. Oral reading and pronunciation evaluation.
  3. Class participation.
  4. Unit tests and quizzes.
  5. Final examination.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.